Are You a Target for Burglars?
Researchers who have interviewed hundred’s of incarcerated burglars, both male and female, found that there were certain things that they looked for when selecting a house or neighborhood to burglarize. Assess your residence using this checklist.
Unoccupied House – burglars look for houses where it appears no one is home. If you are going to be away from home, turn on outside lights at night, leave a TV or radio playing, pick up newspapers and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house.
Messy Yard – Are your bushes overgrown? Keep them trimmed 2-3 feet to eliminate hiding places. Is trash picked up and your property locked up? A cluttered yard gives the burglar an impression of carelessness which may make him think you are also careless with your security.
Unguarded House – Burglars stay clear of houses with indications of an active neighborhood watch and barking dogs. Signs that announce the presence of an alarm or camera system will also send the burglar looking elsewhere.
Dark House – The burglar does not want to be seen so will target the unlit house. Invest in motion sensor lights and install them around the perimeter to eliminate dark areas. Put timers on lights if you are going to be away for a period of time.
Unsecured House – Burglars like to enter through the rear and garage doors. Having double locks on all doors and windows including the door in the garage leading into the house, keeping the garage door down, and setting the alarm will help keep the burglar away.
Look-At-What-I-Have House – Leaving windows open or cracked, opening window coverings at night, and putting boxes outside for trash pick up are ways you advertise to burglars what they can find inside the house. Burglars either case neighborhoods to locate the easy targets with valuables that are worth burglarizing for or grab opportunities to break in because residents are careless with security.
New Year’s Crime Prevention Resolutions
January is the time when we traditionally make resolutions for the New Year that improves our quality of life such as lose weight or stop smoking. Here are a few crime prevention resolutions that are also important to your safety and well being.
I RESOLVE TO:
- lock my car doors every time I get out
- close my garage door when not in use
- watch out for my neighbors house and property
- call the Sheriff’s Office if I see something suspicious
- do my part to prevent crime in my community
- work together with my neighbors and law enforcement to keep crime out
2015 provides the opportunity to be a great year. Let’s work together to prevent criminal activity from flourishing in the community.
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